Leaping Windows was born of countless hours spent pouring over manga on the internet and hovering in the aisles of bookstores reading graphic novels we couldnÂ't afford to buy. We wanted the satisfaction of holding something tangible. We wanted to read whenever we wanted to-while commuting to work, before going to bed, even sitting on the pot if we so desired!
We envisioned a physical space-bookshelves from floor to ceiling crammed with all the books that we could buy, creaking under their weight. Beanbags. Coffee. Regular customers crowding around and discussing comics on lazy afternoons.
Of course, reality was a bit different. For the first two years Leaping Windows only existed in cyberspace as an online library. Baby steps, we told ourselves. Soldier on. We'll get there. In April 2012, we finally managed to launch our cafe and library in Versova, Mumbai and three years of fun and madness followed.
There are many new directions we want to take, half of which may turn out to be nothing but pipe dreams. In fact, it's entirely possible that we end up caffeine addicts, neck deep in debt, despairing over our lack of foresight. Perhaps, maybe, perhapsâ¦ till then we're keeping our fingers crossed, our battle armor shined and giving it our best shot!
The idea behind Leaping Windows is not really about us, so we reasoned that our identities are irrelevant. We love comics. We want to share comics. We want to connect with other people who love comics. Like the Leaping Windows boy who remains faceless, is nobody and can be anybody. For those of you who donÂt already know, we leave it to your imagination.